John Carden3

John Carden

Member, CFMHAS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

01978 727 406

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I have worked in mental health both in Liverpool and North Wales. I qualified in 1993 as a mental health nurse and moved to work in North Wales in 1996. I have worked as Community Psychiatric Nurse, and I am now employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the Centre for Mental Health and Society in Wrexham, where I am involved in a research study examining service user experiences of mental health rehabilitation services, as well as being involved in education, training and service development initiatives within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. I gained a BSc in Health studies in 1999 from Bangor University and an MSc in CBT for Psychosis from Manchester University in 2005.  I have worked as Teaching Fellow at Manchester University between 2005 and 2010, and currently hold an Honorary Lecturer position with Bangor University.



Clinical Nurse Specialist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Ryan, T., Carden, J., Higgo, R., Poole, R., Robinson, C.A. (2016) An assessment of need for mental health rehabilitation amongst in-patients in a Welsh region.  Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology   DOI 10.1007/s00127-016-1213-8 

Carden, J & Jones, A. (2009) Collecting subjective and rating scale data within a single case study design: cognitive behavioural therapy for a person experiencing psychosis: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol 16(9), p 848-856


Ryan, T., Carden, J. & Higgo, R. (2015) A needs assessment for mental health rehabilitation services in North Wales.  Manchester: Tony Ryan Associates

Carson A., Carden J., &  Jones A. (2013) A Report on Developing the increased use of the Quality Assured Lifelong Learning in the Health Sector in North Wales. A report to Welsh Assembly Government for the Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales (CQFW)


Current Projects

  • Evaluation of the development and implementation of a recovery-oriented rehabilitation service: Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
  • In-service training and Continuing Professional Development for Registered Mental Health Nurses; a descriptive enquiry.